Hispaniolan Crossbill Loxia megaplaga

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Fringillidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Julia A. Hart

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Song is a high-pitched, emphatic, often repeated chu-chu-chu-chu (Wetmore and Swales 1931). During breeding season, they also give a soft, whistling warble (Latta et al. 2006). Latta et al. (2002) describe the contact note among a breeding pair as a chit-chit, while Benkman (1992) similarly described the sound of begging juveniles as a single chit. Latta et al. (2002) describe a chut call given by an adult male as it was attacked by a Merlin.

Males sing near the nest while the female nest-builds, but his song is low and quiet. The pair will give soft chit-chit, chit-chit notes to each other near and on the nest (Latta et al. 2002).

Nonvocal Sounds

None known.

Recommended Citation

Hart, J. A. (2009). Hispaniolan Crossbill (Loxia megaplaga), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.hiscro.01